Erdogan pressing Russia to reconsider air strikes in Syria

October 3, 2015 13:13

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he would ask Russia to reconsider its air campaign in Syria.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, Erdogan said Russian air strikes have hit moderate rebel forces and civilians in raids intended to target Islamic State fighters.

"Since we are two friendly countries, I will ask them to review their steps on this issue, because we have sorrow in the region and we bear the pain. Russia does not have a border with Syria, but I have a border of 911 kilometers [with Syria]," Turkey's Anadolu news agency quoted Erdogan as saying in the interview.

Russia drew an increasingly angry response from the West after bombing Syria on Friday for a third straight day, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it has said it was targeting.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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